What does tuna mean?

Definitions for tunaˈtu nə, ˈtyu-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tuna.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tuna, Opuntia tuna(noun)

    tropical American prickly pear of Jamaica

  2. tuna, tuna fish, tunny(noun)

    important warm-water fatty fish of the genus Thunnus of the family Scombridae; usually served as steaks

  3. tuna, tunny(noun)

    any very large marine food and game fish of the genus Thunnus; related to mackerel; chiefly of warm waters

  4. tuna, Anguilla sucklandii(noun)

    New Zealand eel


  1. tuna(Noun)

    A type of cactus native to Mexico in the genus Opuntia.

  2. tuna(Noun)

    The fruit of the cactus.

  3. Origin: From American Spanish alteration of the atún, from تن, from thunnus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tuna(noun)

    the Opuntia Tuna. See Prickly pear, under Prickly

  2. Tuna(noun)

    the tunny

  3. Tuna(noun)

    the bonito, 2


  1. Tuna

    A tuna is a saltwater finfish that belongs to the tribe Thunnini, a sub-grouping of the mackerel family – which together with the tunas, also includes the bonitos, mackerels, and Spanish mackerels. Thunnini comprises fifteen species across five genera, the sizes of which vary greatly, ranging from the bullet tuna up to the Atlantic bluefin tuna. The bluefin averages 2 m, and is believed to live for up to 50 years. Their circulatory and respiratory systems are unique among fish, enabling them to maintain a body temperature higher than the surrounding water. An active and agile predator, the tuna has a sleek, streamlined body, and is among the fastest-swimming pelagic fish – the yellowfin tuna, for example, is capable of speeds of up to 75 km/h. Found in warm seas, it is extensively fished commercially and is popular as a game fish. As a result of over-fishing, stocks of some tuna species, such as the Southern bluefin tuna, have been reduced dangerously close to the point of extinction.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tuna

    tū′na, n. a prickly pear, also its fruit.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Tuna

    Common name for various species of large, vigorous ocean fishes in the family Scombridae.

Suggested Resources

  1. TUNA

    What does TUNA stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the TUNA acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tuna in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tuna in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Rick Camuglia:

    We’re currently offering a special seared ahi tuna with a black olive tapenade.

  2. Erica Marcus:

    I've never seen what all the fuss is about, it's about as challenging a taste as tuna fish salad.

  3. Garrison Keillor:

    To choose Norm Coleman over Walter Mondale is like going to a great steakhouse and ordering the tuna sandwich.

  4. Keri Gans:

    Typically, tuna sandwiches are very high in calories and saturated fat, but this one from Subway has less than 500 calories and 4.5 grams saturated fat.

  5. Steve Mavity:

    Bumble Bee recalled specific codes of canned Chunk Light Tuna produced in Chicken of the Sea's Georgia production facility, a third-party supplier for Bumble Bee.

Images & Illustrations of tuna

  1. tunatunatuna

Translations for tuna

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for tuna »


Find a translation for the tuna definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these tuna definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"tuna." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 22 Mar. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/tuna>.

Are we missing a good definition for tuna? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for tuna:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.